In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. —
Gabrielle ”Coco” Chanel, Artist & Visionary
… there’s no better time than these waning days of summer to redefine travel by pausing, reflecting, and looking around our homes and hometowns with fresh eyes before we gear up with our next big travel plan taking us to a faraway land… Part of the benefit of a vacation comes from breaking routine, getting out of habits, and experiencing the world around us in a new way. The essence of travel is not found in the number of stamps in our passports — to really travel is to better understand a place through exploration and effort. — Arianna Huffington
Where: Union Station (Washington, DC)
Why: I took the train down to DC to met up with a few close friends from high school. It was from here we started the best road trip of
my life our lives. Where did we go? We drove out to Indiana to attend the Alles Family Barn Dance. Epic. More pictures to follow…
Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Why: Better late than never! I waited in line for 4.5 hours today to see this landmark Alexander McQueen exhibit on its last day. It was an incredible experience and worth the wait.
It is important to look at death because it is a part of life. It is a sad thing, melancholic but romantic at the same time. It is the end of a cycle — everything has to end. The cycle of life is positive because it gives room for new things. — Alexander McQueen, Artist
to be or not to be…
Where: Shakespeare in the Parking Lot (Municipal Parking Lot - Broome and Ludlow)
Why: Park or Parking Lot? Maybe I prefer Parking Lot because I’m more of a downtown girl, but I was really impressed by this summer’s production of Hamlet. (Sssh. Don’t tell anyone - this is one of NYC’s best kept secrets!)
Shadow and Cathedral
Where: City Hall Park (New York, NY)
Why: Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge at dusk is probably one of the beautiful walks you can do in all of NYC. Also, I love the late afternoon sun casting the shadow on the building on the left.
Where: Washington Square Park (New York, NY)
Why: Not one of my better pictures, but I wanted to remember this night. Enjoying a perfect summer night in WSP with music playing softly in the background … very romantic :) I am very blessed.
Yoga. The passion with which New Yorkers practice yoga is amazing. There is a studio for every different style and variation of yoga! If you are visiting and want to have a unique NYC experience, I would encourage you to try taking a yoga class.
Yoga classes can be expensive and studios can be intimidating if you’ve never done it or not in decent physcial shape. But, this isn’t the case at Yoga to the People. The East Village yoga institution (which has now spead to other parts of the city and country) pioneered the idea that “yoga is for everyone.” It is a donation-based studio (i.e. pay, if anything, what you can afford) and as a result this studio attracts yoga students at all levels and experience. Because of its donation-based pay structure the studio gets very full, so make sure you arrive early to grab a spot on the floor.
What I love about the studio for beginners is that the vibe is both laid-back, and provides a challenging yoga experience. You get an intense workout (Power Vinyasa flow) in about 60 mintues. Finally, there is a meditation/relaxation element at the end of each class. Honestly, the magic in yoga lies in finishing poses, and corpse pose is critical to take at the end of class to allow your body to absorb all the benefits of yoga!
I wish I could tell you all the aspects of my life that have literally transformed since I started a regular yoga practice. I urge you to try it and see for yourself. It’s definitely not for everyone, but I do think it’s worth trying once. This studio creates a safe enviornment to try something new and have a unqiue experience.
Yoga to the People
12 St. Marks Place, 2R
New York NY 10003
Where: City Hall Park (New York, NY)
Why: I was reading a story on Tablet Talk by photographer Rebecca Adler Rotenberg and she said that the incredible light in Tuscany “profoundly altered [her] worldview as a young artist.” While I agree that the light in Tuscany is indeed very special, I think most people overlook the beautiful light right here in New York City. The evening sun glistening against the old brick has a beautiful, almost magical quality to it.